- Tennessee averages 79.7 points per game, Long Beach 80.3.
- Tennessee allows 74.4 points per game, Long Beach 73.8.
- Tennessee launched 812 shots from 3-point range, Long Beach 707.
- Tennessee made 35.2 percent from 3-point range, Long Beach 36.9 percent.
- Tennesssee committed 467 turnovers but forced a whopping 608. Long Beach committed 432 turnovers but forced 517.
- Tennessee was outrebounded by its opponents. So was Long Beach.
- Tennessee uses a three-guard lineup. So does Long Beach.
The biggest difference between the two teams is experience. Tennessee starts a senior, two juniors and two freshmen, with a freshman sixth man. Long Beach's top six players are all seniors.
Another difference is momentum. Tennessee is coming off a 76-67 overtime loss to LSU in Round 1 of the SEC Tournament. Long Beach is coming off a 94-83 defeat of Cal-Poly in the finals of Big West Conference Tournament. The 49ers have won 22 of their last 25 games after a 2-4 start. They prevailed in 11 of their last 12 games, including the last six in a row.
Friday's other game at Columbus will pit the region's No. 4 seed, Virginia (20-10) against No. 13 seed Albany (23-9).
Two teams Tennessee already played this season – Ohio State and Memphis – are seeded No. 1 and 2 in the South Region. The Vols lost 68-66 at Ohio State on Jan. 13 but trounced Memphis 76-58 in Knoxville on Dec. 6.
The complete South Region is as follows:
1.Ohio State (30-3), 2. Memphis (30-3), 3. Texas A&M (25-6), 4. Virginia (20-10), 5. Tennessee (22-10), 6. Louisville (23-9), 7. Nevada (28-4), 8. Brigham Young (25-8), 9. Xavier (24-8), 10. Creighton (22-10), 11. Stanford (18-12), 12. Long Beach (24-7), 13. Albany (23-9), 14. Penn (22-8), 15. North Texas (23-10), Central Connecticut State (22-11).
Tennessee is one of five SEC teams participating in this year's NCAA Tournaemnt.
Florida (29-5) is seeded No. 1 in the Midwest Region and will play No. 16 seed Jacksonville State (21-13) Friday in New Orleans.
Arkansas (21-13) is seeded No. 12 in the East and will play No. 5 Southern Cal (23-11) Friday in Spokane.
The four No. 1 seeds are Florida (Midwest), North Carolina (East), Ohio State (South) and Kansas (West). Tennessee played three of the four this season, splitting home-and-home with the Gators, losing at Ohio State and losing to UNC at the NIT Tipoff Tournament back in November.